Marriage of Edmund Grey and Maria Santos (March 11, 1994)
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AMC can't exactly say
that the wedding went off without a hitch. The bus that was suppose to
take cast and crew to Garden City, Long Island, was an hour and a half
late, and then it got lost. John Callahan (Edmund) saved the day.
"When I saw us enter Garden City and exit Garden City, I decided to
commandeer the bus," he says. "Thank God I know a little bit of
Korean, and was able to point and show the bus driver where to go."
"We were running
late for our own wedding," laments Eva LaRue (Maria). Still, the
bride made a grand entrance in a carriage while Callahan changed into
Edmund's morning suit in the vestibule of the Gothic church. Between
takes, Callahan followed Michael Nader (Dimitri) around with a camera.
Later, Callahan talked and posed for pictures with a kindergarten calss
who watched the action from afar. "One kid was real quiet and he
and I started talking," says Callahan. "One of the teachers
said, 'He never talks.' That made me feel very good. It must have been
the tux. The boy probably thought I was from the circus."
Callahan felt somewhat
out-of-place in his tux. "I don't think I look good in gray, but it
was nice," he acknowledges. "It was very Brideshead
Revisited. I was looking for Sebastian and Evelyn Waugh to come up
and offer me tea. The character of Edmund doesn't like to wear a tux,
but he felt that this was worth it."
Eva LaRue, on the other
hand, adored her dress- an original creation designed by AMC Costume
Designer Richard Schurkamp and custom-made at Euroco in New York City.
Inspired by 1950s evening gowns, the wedding dress was a simple, ivory
satin sheath, with organza trim at the neck, a taffeta and chiffon
overskirt and a long, lace mantilla. "It was inspired by Eva being
so pretty," says Schurkamp. "It was a chance to do something
simple without the usual soap glitter, beads and pearls. At first, Eva
was nervous about it being so simple, but she was ultimately very happy
Good thing, too, since
LaRue had to wear the dress over four days of interior shooting.
"I've been to long Catholic ceremonies before, but this is the
longest," she laughs. "But I just adored the dress. I'd like
to wear the dress for the Emmys this year- without the train."
As for LaRue's first TV
wedding, she says it was a little weird, but fun to walk down the aisle
again. (In real life, LaRue is married to John O'Hurley, who played
AMC's Prescott, among other soap roles. She wore her own gown for our
3/15 cover of Edmund and Maria.) "The hardest part was probably
[doing] the thing that we thought we weren't going to [be able to] pull
together at the last minute," she observes. "The show sent us
to take waltz and Texas two-step lessons. We took the lessons two weeks
before the wedding, but we hand't practiced. The day of the reception,
we weren't sure we'd pull it off, but we did."
LaRue feels Maria's
marriage to Edmund will be just as successful. "There's no doubt in
Maria's mind that she's the one Edmund loves," she says.